joycotting in portland maine

Portland Greendrinks hosted their first joycott at the Public Market House this past Sunday. Their mission? “Instead of boycotting the bad, joycott the good.” And joycott we did.

[the shirt off of graham’s back, screen printed on-site by artist tim poulson of infini-t, and hung up to dry while we enjoyed a bowl of chowder & fresh bread from karmasouptra]

[local bluegrass/folk band tricky britches]

[handmade crafts & cuteness]

[friendly faces at pie in the sky pizza, one of the seven market house shops]

[ridiculously delicious harvest-inspired red velvet cupcake from master cupcakestress stephanie of tulips cupcakery – it had beet juice in it!]

The Public Market House, while usually busy on a day-to-day lunch visit, was completely bursting at the seams on Sunday! Which was exciting to see, knowing that 51% of the day’s profits will be invested in improving the building’s energy efficiency. Well done! I wonder where the next joycott will be…

Oh, and Happy VDay/Valentine’s Day!


a few of my favorite things

[in maine during the winter]

Every Thursday night the Jerk of Grass, a fantastic local bluegrass band, plays at Gritty McDuff’s. Meeting friends for fish & chips, a pitcher of original pub ale, and listening to live bluegrass has been a wildly successful cabin-fever prevention plan for the winter thus far.

The Public Market House with its creaky wood floors, comfy seats, and local food vendors has also been a cozy winter afternoon retreat to grab a bowl of soup after after yoga classes or to pick up a latte on my way to another favorite place:

The Portland Public Library. I love this library. Actually, I’ve never found a library I didn’t love. But really, how can you go wrong with a place filled with books free for the borrowing?

And this is Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, just down the road from Wolfe’s Neck Farm. I haven’t been lasting very long outside in the frigid air, even with lots of layers, but it’s worth the freeze to trace the ocean’s edge and peek out at the surrounding islands from under the cover of snow-heavy trees.

Today I also enjoyed a lovely & inspiring tea with some extraordinary women at Birth Roots, a perinatal community resource center. It was motivating and empowering to meet with other doulas in the area and exchange stories, insight, and ideas. I left feeling so grateful for the community and the space to meet them that it made me think of all the other things I’m grateful for in Portland right now… hence this post!

I hope you’re feeling good, too :)

morning at the farm

Just pedaled back from the farm on my sister’s old blue bicycle – spent the morning in the stand slinging veggies and wine. The lady who delivers our bread orders from Collinsville Baking Co needed some basil so I sauntered over to the large patch past the old barn in the drizzling rain to inhale some basily goodness. I tossed the harvest into an empty tomato box, brought it back to her, and was informed that it’ll all come back to us as the homemade pesto we also sell. Holy deliciousness.

This is an old photo from a few years ago – and later in the season, judging by the mums. Like I said before, I haven’t been back in a few years, and I can’t get over how many great new things are going on. Since I left, Rosedales has organized a “Chef to Farm” dinner series with one of the restaurants we’d been supplying produce to over the years. Such a wonderful community event. The next one happens tomorrow night but there are still a few more coming up. Rosedale’s wine has also been winning awards – and at The Big E, no less. I cannot express how excited I am for The Big E this year. I’ve been out of the state or the country for the past 8 years or so and I’m looking forward to being back in New England for autumn and enjoying all that comes with it, including this wonderful event.

This is also an old photo, one that my sister took after a fun and dirt-filled day at the farm. I was more successful at not turning into a dirty mess this week – the other morning I was in the stand packing up boxes for the CSA program that has pick-ups early in the week so there was no picking and no chance to get all muddy. Rosedales has options for Farm Memberships and Wine memberships – how great is that? I’m just so in love with the farm and grateful to be back for another summer. I’ll have to search for a farm that I love in Portland… but right now I’m off to watch the little ones!